How will the new Netflix streaming service compare to the old, with a look at the 1980s live-streaming networks
The live-television networks that were at the center of the 1980 social media revolution were among the first to get digital video out there.
The original broadcast networks — ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX — had their live TV shows broadcast on cable networks, while PBS and PBS Kids were owned by PBS and later CBS.
All of the networks have been sold off or merged with cable channels in the past 20 years.
But in the early 1990s, as the Internet and mobile devices made it possible to stream videos and photos on demand, the networks were left with a lot of empty space.
ABC and NBC’s networks were the first ones to give viewers access to online content and even the old live-TV shows that were only available on cassette tapes.
Today, PBS, PBS Kids and other PBS affiliates still have plenty of live TV programs to stream online, with the latest additions including ABC News, PBS’ American Idol and NBC Nightly News.
The networks also have live streaming apps for mobile devices.
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